Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lord Haven's Deception by Donna Lea Simpson

Title: Lord Haven's Deception
Author: Donna Lea Simpson
Genre: Historical Fiction, Regency, Romance
Publication: March 08, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: NetGalley

Jane Dresden has no patience for the merciless gossip of the ton or the handy hypocrisy of the nobility, and now that her mother has arranged for her to marry the supposedly cruel Viscount Haven, she fears for her future happiness. In an effort to appease her mother and also put an end to her matchmaking, Jane agrees to meet the man, but in a fit of panic runs from the engagement and takes refuge in a country cottage, disguised as a maid. There she meets a kind and comforting local farmer who shares her taste for simplicity and quickly captures her heart.

Lord Haven had long ago resigned himself to the unpleasant duties of his title and accepted the hard truth that taking a wife and producing an heir was among them—though he shudders at the prospect of spending his life with the charmless woman his mother has arranged for him to wed. Wishing to delay their formal meeting until the last possible moment, he shrugs off his stifling attire and escapes to his favorite sanctuary, a simple cottage on his grand estate. There he meets a caring and captivating maid who steals his heart, and in the guise of a common farmer he proceeds to court her, fearing all the while that his ruse will be discovered.

As the two struggle with the implications of their deceit and the shattering knowledge that revealing their true identities will doom their blossoming bond, each is forced to choose between duty and heartfelt desire, never suspecting that their fated match holds the key to a true and lasting love.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Danganronpa Volume 1 by Spike Chunsoft, Dave Stewart

Title: Danganronpa Volume 1
Author: Spike Chunsoft, Dave Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Genre: Gore, Mystery, Action
Publication: April 05, 2016

My Rating: 5/5

Source: Publisher on Edelweiss

Each year, the elite Hope's Peak Academy selects only the most gifted and talented students to enroll...plus one ordinary student, chosen by lottery. Makoto Naegi was that lucky person--or so he thought! When he shows up for class, he finds the elite students are a bizarre cast of oddballs under the ruthless authority of a robot teddy bear principal, Monokuma. The bear lays down the school rules: the only way out of Hope's Peak is to not only murder another student...but get away with it, as every murder is followed by a tribunal where the surviving students cross-examine each other! 

Inspired by the Danganronpa videogame series and based on the anime of the same name, the Danganropa manga is a quirky, fun, weird, and dynamic take on the high school Battle Royale genre.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Princess Wore Plaid by Karen Hawkins

Title: The Princess Wore Plaid (The Oxenburg Princes #2.5)
Author: Karen Hawkins
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Regency
Publication: March 21, 2016

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

A princess once bejeweled but now tattered… 

Royal princess Tatiana Romanovin is the beautiful, wealthy, and spoiled favorite of the King of Oxenburg. On her way to her cousin’s wedding in the Scottish highlands, she and her entourage are held up by a gang of ruffians. Frightened, her servants flee, and Tatiana soon finds herself alone in an inn with no servants, no funds, and no proof of her identity. Destitute, she accepts the offer from a sympathetic (but unbelieving) innkeeper to work for her room and board while she waits for an answer to the missive she’s sent to her cousin Prince Nikolai. With no other recourse, Tatiana scrubs floors and dirty linens, waiting for her prince to come…

A proud lord once lost and now found…

After a brutal, bloody battle with the French Navy left Lord Buchan limping and surly, abandoned by his betrothed because of his twisted leg, his lordship hides away at his manor house in the countryside. He leaves only once a week to eat at the local inn, drawn by the expert cooking of the innkeeper’s wife. One day, Buchan arrives to find that the innkeeper has a new servant, a beautiful scullery maid with a queenly air, and flashing green eyes that leave him breathless and increasingly aware of his lonely existence…

Love may find them yet…

The challenge of winning his way into Tatiana’s heavily protected heart stirs Buchan back to life…but can he and his twisted leg—and broken heart—win a proud princess whose only goal is to leave Scotland and return to the court where she’s the crowning jewel?

Friday, March 18, 2016

Soul to Keep by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Title: Soul to Keep (Vampire Sorority Sisters #3)
Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: Paranormal, LGBTQIA
Publication: March 15, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

With every commitment comes sacrifice…

College junior Jill Babineux knows where her priorities lie. Between a full course load, her blood pledge to feed a certain vampire, and all the community service hours she’s got to log with her sisters in Alpha Beta Omega Sorority, the last thing on her mind is finding love, especially with an immortal.

Which works out just fine for Miyoko “Tokyo” Hayashi who’s been so busy enjoying her wild days and even kinkier nights, she’s never had a reason to speak to the tiny know-it-all. But after a random run-in and a few carefully plotted encounters, Miyoko learns that there’s more to the sorority’s least favorite member.

Miyoko never thought she’d actually start to like the girl, let alone love her, but when true evil comes for Jill, Miyoko finds herself willing to do anything to protect her. Anything.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Batgirl, Vol.2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr

Title: Batgirl, Vol.2: Family Business
Author: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr
Publisher: DC Entertainment
Genre: Comic, Action
Publication: February 17, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley
There’s a new Batman in town—and that’s bad news for Barbara Gordon! She’s already got enough upheaval in her life, with her roommate Frankie now in on her biggest secret. And what happens when Livewire joins the fight with the intention of taking out both Batgirl and the mysterious new Batman? It’s all here, from the pages of BATGIRL #41-45, ANNUAL #3, and the Sneak Peek story from CONVERGENCE: INFINITY INC. #2.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Zootopia (2016)

Judy Hopps wants to become the first rabbit officer in the police department of Zootopia. Once she gets there, the Chief assigns her parking duty, because he doubts she could be as good as the other animals. Finally, she finds a way to prove to him that she can be a great officer, but she's got little time on her hands. Good thing she meets Nick, a fox, who helps her get on with the case and show everyone that she's even more capable than they think.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Through the Veil by Colleen Halverson

Title: Through the Veil (Aisling Chronicles #1)
Author: Colleen Halverson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Paranormal
Publication: February 22, 2016

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she's studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

As Commander of Trinity's elite warriors, Finn O'Connell isn't used to having his authority challenged. He doesn't know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth's abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he'll risk everything to help her. 

At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I'm Now on Grouvee!

For those of you who don't know Grouvee, it's considered by many to be a "Goodreads for Video Games". I've been looking for something like this, where I could keep different shelves to store my games, the way I do with my books on Goodreads, and where I could also publish my reviews... And here it is! :)

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